MotoIQ.com's Project 240SX LSR Claims Another Land Speed Record at the Legendary Bonneville Salt Flats!

By Annie Sam

MotoIQ.com's Project 240SX Land Speed Racer (LSR), driven by Editor Chuck Johnson, secured its second land speed record of the year this time on the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats.   Facing adversity from seemingly every direction, Team MotoIQ managed to overcome a mixture of freak mechanical and electrical issues to qualify for a land speed record with an initial pass of 182 MPH against an existing 167.5 MPH record.  

After being impounded overnight Team MotoIQ  and Chuck Johnson managed to back up their record run the next morning and set a new H/PS land speed record at 178.9 MPH.  The H/PS class is for non-engine swapped vehicles with a forced induction engine of 1.0-1.5L and a predominately stock body, void of aerodynamic modifications. 

MotoIQ Project 240SX LSR features an SR20 engine, which has been de-stroked to 1.5L liters and uses a Nissan VVL cylinder head with variable valve lift.  This engine, dubbed the SR15VET 20V, was designed by MotoIQ's very own Chuck Johnson and then brought to fruition by engine builder Nick Hunter of 5523 Motorsports.  The engine's turbo system features a combination of parts from Borg Warner, Turbosmart, and Full Race Motorsports.  


Fabrication duties were handled by John Kuchta of Specialty Cars while engine tuning was handled by Clark Steppler of Jim Wolf Technology.  Chassis engineers Mike Kojima and Chris Marion were responsible for setting up  Project 240SX LSR's suspension which features links SPL Pro Suspension and KW Suspensions dampers. 

From left to right: Sean Rossi, Chris Allen, Joe Lu, Chuck Johnson, Annie Sam, John Kuchta, and George Peters. (Not Shown: Nick Hunter, Mike Kojima, Chris Marion, Martin Gonzales, Ben Dias and Jeff Naeyaert)

Visit the link below for more information on the construction of Project 240SX and Team MotoIQ's record breaking journey towards entering the 200 MPH club. 

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Sunday, August 25, 2013 11:58 AM
So where is the build of the 'sr15ve' we were promised? And somebody please kick Coleman's ass into gear so we can see the Miatabusa. Thanks.
Sunday, August 25, 2013 2:59 PM
Congrats on the record MotoIQ folks! A lot of work went into your land speed project and it is great to see it fulfill its mission.
Chuck Johnson
Chuck Johnsonlink
Sunday, August 25, 2013 3:35 PM
Sarah Forst
Sarah Forstlink
Sunday, August 25, 2013 6:08 PM
Awesome job guys- looking forward to reading the build article. Keep the records coming!
Chris "Shaggy" Allenlink
Sunday, August 25, 2013 8:13 PM
Had a blast up there with everyone!!!!
Monday, August 26, 2013 2:24 AM
Congrats guys! One question, how does this car fall into a non-engine swapped category? I am assuming the rules don't limit engine displacement (down or up)and allow for any engine available in that chassis worldwide.
Chuck Johnson
Chuck Johnsonlink
Monday, August 26, 2013 1:00 PM
In this case, I remained in the same "engine design family" as the factory. There are certain criteria like bore centers, bell housing flanges, and other things which define an engine design family. The rules do allow de-stroking and stroking of an engine without considering it an engine swap. hope that answered your question.
Monday, August 26, 2013 3:32 PM
Yup, thanks. Are you going to try for any other records in the future?
Chris "Shaggy" Allenlink
Monday, August 26, 2013 3:37 PM
There is huge room for improvement... I think this last outing was maybe a 1/2 attempt at best. From my understanding bonneville is just like that though, So many people have problems up there... Chuck let me know when your ready to work on it again... I am so down to help...
Chuck Johnson
Chuck Johnsonlink
Monday, August 26, 2013 8:33 PM
@wrecked we have a few other records in our sights but want to get the job done in H/PS first. Basically that means pushing the record to over 200 MPH. This is what its going to take to get into the 200 mph club.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:54 AM
The SCTA has the most epic paperwork ever. You know an automotive organization isn't mucking about when the very first entry under the heading of "car certification" is "number of engines".

Bad. Ass.

Filling that out would make me feel inadequate. Number of engines: "uh, one? Do... do people use more than that!?"

Though I doubt I would feel inadequate after beating a Bonneville record by such a wide margin. Way to be guys, congratulations! Put me on the list for people who can't wait to see the build article on that crazy 1.5 liter engine you cats cooked up.
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